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  1. Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90


    TAMPA — Each week for half a century, you could find Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. holding court at the Columbia Restaurant with the Ybor City Rotary Club, eventually as its president.

    Retired Tampa Electric Co. executive Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. died Feb. 17, 2017, at age 90. [Courtesy of Turner family]
  2. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  3. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore


    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Brandon Regional unveils expanded emergency department


    BRANDON — For the past 10 months, J.E. Dunn Construction has worked to complete an expansion and revamping of the Brandon Regional Hospital emergency department.

    A new rooftop helipad represents one of the improvement to the Emergency Department at Brandon Regional Hospital.
  5. Hooper: Bethune portrayal underscores importance of Black History Month


    She stepped up to the stage after the dynamic speaker shared her thoughts on education, on race, on creating one of Florida's most prestigious historically black colleges.

    Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of legendary educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune, poses with Ersula Odom and Ashley Robertson, curator/director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Odom portrays Mary McLeod Bethune and received an endorsement from both Bethune and Robertson after a recent performance in Daytona Beach.
  6. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    20th annual Cattle Baron's Ball

    Tampa and Los Angeles area Red Cross Tiffany Circle founder Jill Valenti, left, thanks Lorraine Dutkowsky, Marsha Dickey and board chairman Steve Dickey for their support at lunch aboard Holland America’s ms Oosterdam on Feb 17.
  7. Tampa Jewish Family Services' reach extends to all families


    Tampa Jewish Family Services offers everything from psychotherapy to educational testing at a reduced cost.

  8. Law professor launches running apparel line


    TAMPA — Six years ago, she became a runner, first barely making it to the end of the block, constantly putting one foot in front of the other.

    Karen Fultz, a local attorney and law professor, has launched a line of running apparel  that allows the fitness-focused running in cooler weather to access their wrist monitors while wearing a long-sleeve top.
  9. Former British brigadier still puts his 'trust' in military service

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — From a childhood spent traveling the world to serving in the British Royal Marines for 31 years to engaging in a number of military groups as a retired Sun City Center resident, Brigadier Colin Howgill has always found himself drawn to service.

     Brigadier Colin Howgill, who served in the British Marines for 31 years, recently was chosen by the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce as its 2016 Community Leader of the Year.
  10. District recognizes LEAD winners


    PLANT CITY — Hillsborough County School District partnered with the Plant City Black Heritage Organization to recognize the winners of its annual Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream (LEAD) student contest in recognition of Black History Month.